26th Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest: "The Girl Groups and Singers of New Orleans" with Rhythmtown-Jive and the "K-Girls" (from Big Bang Beat & the Soul Delights)

26th Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest: "The Girl Groups and Singers of New Orleans" with Rhythmtown-Jive and the "K-Girls" (from Big Bang Beat & the Soul Delights)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is all ages

The Cafe at Sweetwater will be serving up some Louisiana food specials so come early and have dinner before the show!

Mardi Gras Mambofest
Mardi Gras Mambofest
This is our big annual weekend party on the build up to Fat Tuesday. Pulling out all the stops, on a musical gumbo of funky New Orleans R&B, brass band, zydeco, gospel, roots rock and boogie... at the the Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA.

The songs of "Girl Groups and Singers of New Orleans" with Rhythmtown-Jive and the "K-Girls" - Keta Bill, Kathy Kennedy and Carol Bozzio Littleton (from Big Bang Beat) at Sweetwater Music Hall. Yes, the 26th Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest presents a special night of New Orleans music featuring the songs Irma Thomas, Dixie Cups, Shirley and Lee and others and the vocal groups behind Dr. John and Huey "Piano" Smith. Also including Mike Rinta, Michael Peloquin, Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs, Tim Eschliman, Kevin Zuffi & Kevin Dillon.

The Mardi Gras Mambofest show by Rhythmtown–Jive is a celebration of many styles of New Orleans music: from the rhythm & blues of Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, through the lively 30's jazz of Louis Armstrong to the funk of the Meters. This combo has a long relationship with New Orleans music, having recorded many original compositions in that vein (one co-written with Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters) and having backed Earl King and Lee Allen. Various members of the group have also worked with Dr. John, Ernie–K–Doe, Queen Ida, Gary “U. S.” Bonds, Johnny Adams, Herb Hardesty, Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli. The annual Mardi Gras Mambofest shows on or around Fat Tuesday have drawn rave reviews and capacity crowds anticipating a wild and festive occasion with bead-tossing, outrageous costumes, and even second line parading of the Rhythmtown–Jive Marching Brass. This show has appeared multiple times at BGP's famed "New Orleans By The Bay."

Many in the San Francisco Bay Area and up and down the West Coast may be familiar with the "....shoutin' and honkin' jump-jive..." of the traditional small combo version of Rhythmtown-Jive (once Five Guys Named Mo), but the Mardi Gras Mambofest show adds the famed vocal stylings of Rahni Raines (John Waite, Rick James, Kingfish), the Towering Trombone of Mike Rinta (Sly & the Family Stone, Jimmy Vaughn), and the Boss Tenor Sax of Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs (Frankie Ford, Kinky Friedman, New Orleans Nightcrawlers).

With vocal duets and harmonies as well as hard-driving sax–based instrumentals, the Mardi Gras Mambofest features original compositions inspired in the New Oreans tradition as well as the music of Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Clifton Chenier, Shirley & Lee, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Paul Gayten, Little Richard (yes, his big hits were all from New Orleans), Kidd Jordan, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Frankie Ford, Barbara George, and Smiley Lewis.

The Band Features

TIM ESCHLIMAN• bass, vocals, percussion
KEVIN ZUFFI • vocals, keyboards
MICHAEL PELOQUIN • tenor sax, harmonica, vocals
MIKE RINTA • trombone

...plus Special Guests the "K-Girls" of BIG BANG BEAT

K-Girls are-
Keta Bill
Katie Guthorn
Kathy Kennedy

BIG BANG BEAT is a the legendary San Francisco based review that perform favorites of the 60′s Motown sound and the fabulous funk of the 70′s through to dance hits from the 80’s and 90’s. They are lead by dazzling female singers decked out in sequined dresses, plus a crack horn section, a precision choreographed stage show, and a zany, non-stop energy that has made this highly acclaimed band a virtual fixture at clubs, conventions, fund-raisers and corporate and private parties throughout the U.S.A., and now increasingly around the globe.
RHYTHMTOWN-JIVE is an exciting American roots combo featuring accomplished San Francisco Bay Area musicians recognized nationally for their versatility and outstanding skill. With rich vocal harmonies and tasty saxophone-based instrumentals, they offer infectious dance music, delivering inventive, original '40s and '50s influenced rhythm & blues, zydeco, jump-swing, rock & roll and New Orleans gems. They have a deep sense of the feel and mechanics of the essential grooves of these American roots styles. As a back-up group they are in demand and recognized as journeymen in their field, having worked with, among others: Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, Johnnie Johnson, Earl King, Robert Ward, Long John Hunter and New Orleans rock & roll sax innovator Lee Allen. They were the featured house band at the 15th annual Sacramento Blues Festival. The RJs are fronted by Tim Eschliman (founding member of the Christmas Jug Band), vocalist and bassist, who was formerly with Etta James, Commander Cody, and the Moonlighters, whose "Rush Hour" release was produced by Nick Lowe.

As individuals their credentials also include engagements performing with (not opening for): Dr. John, La Vern Baker, Queen Ida, Rockin Sydney, Al Rapone, Ernie K-Doe, Gary U. S. Bonds, Herb Hardesty, Otis Clay, Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys, Frankie Ford, The Nightcrawlers, Sly & The Family Stone, Allen Tousaint, Richard Berry, Leo Nocentelli, Syl Johnson, Big Jay McNeely, Jesse Colin Young, Boz Scaggs, Don & Dewey, the Temptations, Elvin Bishop, the Coasters, T-Bone Walker, Roy Rogers, Earl King, John Lee Hooker, Swing Session, Joe "Louis" Walker, The Coasters, Little Anthony, Mary Wells and The Drifters. Our optional guest vocalist, piano player & accordionist, Susie Davis hails from Sheila E, Pat Benetar, and The Mick Jagger Band.

Following a fascination with the era of transition from '40s & '50s rhythm & blues to rock & roll, Rhythmtown-Jive is the Bay Area's leading proponent of American roots dance music, featuring driving and syncopated counter-rhythms the feet cannot deny. The "RJ"s, Formerly Five Guys Named Mo, have a refreshing repertoire which goes beyond the typical rehashed "top 40" music of yesterday usually associated with R&B dance bands. In addition to their original numbers, the members of the group draw from a well of obscure and unusual post-world war II saturday night rave-ups and moody relief numbers that offer something different for the dance-inclined public: Louis Jordan & his Tympani Five, Big Joe Turner, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Big Jay McNeely, Clyde McPhatter, Freddie King, Lee Allen, Clifton Chenier, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Reed, Louis Armstrong, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Roy Brown, Thurston Harris, Ray Charles, the Meters, Smiley Lewis, Paul Gayten, King Curtis, Sonny Thompson, James "Wee" Willie Wayne, Ella Mae Morse, Lil Millet, Will Bradley, Ray McKinley & Bill Doggett.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941